Tweed Fender Champ 5E1 C-00029
I’ve got another early 5E1 Fender Champ for your enjoyment today. This one is Tweed Fender Champ C-00029. It is one of the earliest examples of the 5E1 model Champs. Dating this amp by its serial number tells us it was made in 1955. Dating it by the two letter tube chart code EH, tells us it was made in August 1955. The 5E1s featured a new narrow cabinet styling, with top mounted controls instead of the rear facing controls of the 5C1 and 5D1 models. It also sports an oxblood grill cloth with yellow, gold and red highlights instead of brown linen. There was also a logo change from the old style block letter logo to the new, sleeker script style logo. But that didn’t quite happen on this amp.
This amp has the old block letter logo in the new 5E1 cabinet. This was pointed out to me once before by Terry Foster on my post featuring C-00072. Both of these should have had the new script Fender logo like on C-00019.
If we assume a liner progression of serial numbers on the Champ, the logo discrepancy must have come about by Leo Fender wanting to use up old stock when making a transition to a newer styling. This “use the old stuff up” philosophy would famously show up again with the Transition Champs in late 1963 and 1964.
This amp looks like it is in great shape. The power cord has been replaced with a brown lamp cord and it looks like a couple of the capacitors have been replaced as well.